after we play them. When we are playing them, I want them to be decimated, distracted, and defeated. Why? Because in college football, winning is everything. Money, media attention, recruits - did I mention money? - follow winning programs. They don’t remember how you got there - just that you made it. The attention span of football media and fans is incredibly short. You want long-term memory and perspective? Not in this arena. Do you think that there will be a single 2009 preseason college football magazine which will have in its introduction for CU the following language: “But for a freak Cornhusker record 57 yard field goal at the end of the Nebraska game, Colorado would have been bowling for the second consecutive season under Dan Hawkins. The slow but steady rise back to the nation’s elite is on track in Boulder ...” Not a chance. These are the phrases we will see: “three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1982-84...”; “continues to struggle”; “mistakes of youth”, and, most important for our purposes, “daunting schedule”. It’s no secret that year in and year out, the Buffs play one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Good for us. Where did playing a tough non-conference schedule leave CU in 2008? Home for the holidays. Toward that end, I have found that Buff fans have a rooting interest in all 34 of the bowl games. To spare you from having to sift through every game in one sitting, I have limited the first round of "who to root for" to the first 17 games - those played between December 20th and December 30th. http://www.cuatthegame.com Go Buffs!